from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ant.

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  • n. An ant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ant, or emmet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ant or emmet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pissemyre : pisse, urine (from the smell of the formic acid that ants secrete); see piss + mire, ant (probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish myre).

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From Middle English pissemyre, equivalent to piss + mire ("ant"). So called due to the smell of anthills. Compare pissant.


  • Scared of an Internet troll with a pismire sized brain and an overlarge mouth?

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

  • Since I am not ready to rule out anything; even the preposterous idea that a pismire may indeed carry off a saw log; I would not absolutely rule out some general correlation between skin color and intelligence.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A View from an Incoming Harvard 1L

  • So vast is the disproportion between the sky of law and the pismire of performance under it, that whether he is a man of worth or a sot is not so great a matter as we say.

    Representative Men

  • The little pismire tried to have me arrested and confined, but I escaped him using two of my sigils.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • I saw him as a small-minded pismire, and when he tried to yank, I gnawed chunks out of him.

    Rogue Warrior

  • "Now we'll see how well you hide, you insolent little pismire!"

    The Golden Torc

  • Urad, trembling and sighing at her danger, forgot not to drop one of her peppercorns, and immediately she found herself changed into a pismire, and with great pleasure she looked for a hole in the ground, and crept into it.

    Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers

  • Urad, perceiving that they were gone, wished herself into her original form, but alas! her wish was not granted, and the once beautiful Urad still continued an ugly pismire.

    Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers

  • The poison of the little pismire working in their eyes, in a short time occasioned them to awake in the utmost tortures; and perceiving they were blind, and feeling the pain, they each supposed his neighbour had blinded him in order to get away with the booty.

    Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers

  • Then the little pismire the emote, taking pitty of her great difficulty and labour, cursing the cruellnesse of the daughter of

    The Golden Asse


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  • (noun) - (1) The old name of the ant, an insect very generally named from the sharp urinous smell of an anthill. From Dutch miere, pismiere, an ant. --Hensleigh Wedgwood's Dictionary of English Etymology, 1878 (2) An ant discharges an irritant formic acid vulgarly regarded as urine. --Charles Annandale's Imperial Dictionary of the English Language, 1897 (3) Also written passimere in North Yorkshire, pisamoor in East Lancashire, pishamer in Norfolk, pishemeer in East Anglia, and pissymyour in South Cheshire, and pishminnies in Scotland. --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

    January 27, 2018

  • cf. pisant

    January 1, 2009

  • "He is an angry as a pissemyre,

    Though þat he haue al that he kan desire."


    Pismire + ant = pissant.

    March 4, 2008

  • See formicate.

    June 21, 2007